While you can go back to eating Kale come Monday, tomorrow, July 19th, is National Ice Cream Day. You can start the celebration first thing, at breakfast. That’s because my homemade chocolate ice cream recipe has no refined sugar and no dairy either. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients. So yes, it’s basically a superfood chocolate ice cream recipe. Pretty cool, huh?
A Word About Where to Buy the Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Superfood Ingredients
All of the ingredients for the superfood homemade chocolate ice cream recipe (the cacao powder, coconut milk, etc.) can be purchased at any well-stocked natural foods store or online at Amazon or Vitacost.com .
The Coconut Manna by Nutiva is a relatively new ingredient I have been using lately and it is absolutely perfect for making delicious homemade dairy-free ice creams. Since it is made purely of dried coconut flesh, it has the sumptuous full-fat “mouth feel” of dairy cream that is hard to replicate with non-dairy ingredients. Although many dairy-free homemade ice cream recipes call for coconut oil, I think the Coconut Manna is a much better ingredient. This can be purchased online at Amazon or at Vitacost.com
The Very Best Ice Cream Maker for Less than $60
Of course you will also need an ice cream maker to make ice cream. But investing in a high quality, high-performance ice cream maker is not as pricey as you might think.
As an ice cream aficionado, I have tried umpteen different ice cream makers over the years and hands down the very best one is the one that is the smallest, cheapest and least complicated. For less than what I spent on my coffee maker, the Cuisinart® Classic White Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker (which happens to currently be a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com with over 1,800 reviews!) is absolutely perfect for making homemade ice cream in quart-sized portions.
Although you can order the ice cream maker from Amazon, you can also get it from Sur La Table, which is where I bought mine (Sur La Table offers free shipping for this item, by the way.) I also picked up the nifty quart-sized Tovolo Ice Cream Storage Containers (in the photo below) from Sur La Table for less than $10. I didn’t really think the containers would be necessary and bought them more for fun, but unless you are going to eat the entire quart of ice cream in one day, you will definitely want to get a container to lock in freshness and prevent freezer burn.Print
This clean homemade chocolate ice cream recipe is dairy free and has no refined sugar.
- 1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 4 to 5 hours
- 3/4 cup canned, chilled coconut “cream” (see notes below)
- 2 frozen bananas, chopped
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Manna by Nutiva (see article above for where to purchase)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (such as Navitas Naturals)
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and process until very smooth and creamy.
- Pour contents into an ice cream maker and follow manufacture’s instructions.
Coconut “Cream”: This is the thick, rich and non-watery part of canned coconut milk. To get the “cream” you need to refrigerate your coconut milk for 5 or 6 hours or pop it in the freezer for at least an hour. Once the coconut milk is cold, carefully remove the top with a can opener and use a spoon to scoop out the hardened coconut “cream” off the top. The “cream” is what you will be using for the ice cream recipe. You can reserve the liquid water for other smoothies.
What If You Just Want To Buy Your Ice Cream?
Unfortunately, I have not yet discovered a store-bought ice cream that is so pure and so nutritious that I feel good enough about giving to my son for breakfast. However, I definitely don’t always have time to make homemade ice cream. Click HERE to learn which brand of ice cream I like to buy and how I “health it up” a notch.